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Jeanine Marie Parisi, PhD

  • Associate Scientist

Departmental Affiliations

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624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 893
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007
MA, Ball State University, 2000


My interest in aging research has been largely shaped by my personal belief that learning is a lifelong process that occurs through life experiences and activities in which we engage. As many activities continue into the later half of life, I am particularly interested in the relationship between intellectual and social engagement and cognitive performance in an adult population. Additionally, my interests are concerned with the identification of lifestyle factors (e.g., education, personality) that may serve as risk/protective mechanisms on cognition in adulthood; and determining how interventions may be designed, implemented, and improved in order to promote cognitive, physical, and mental health across the lifespan.

Honors and Awards

Advising, Mentoring, and Teaching Recognition Award (AMTRA), Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 2011, 2014, 2017

Fellowship, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Illinois, 2007

American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award, 2006

Bureau of Education Dissertation Research Award, University of Illinois, 2006

William Chandler Bagley Doctoral Scholarship, University of Illinois, 2006

Pilot Grant Program, the Roybal Foundation Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Illinois, funded by the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health, 2006

  • Adult development and aging
  • cognition
  • intellectual and social engagement
  • personality
  • prevention and intervention
  • program evaluation
  • Parisi, J. M., Rebok, G. W., Seeman, T. E., Tanner, E. K., Tan, E., Fried, L. P., Xue, Q-L., Frick, K. D., & Carlson, M. C. (2012). Lifestyle activities in sociodemographically at-risk urban, older adults prior to participation in the Baltimore Experience Corps trial. Activities, Adaptation, and Aging, 36, 242-260.

  • Parisi, J. M., Rebok, G. W., Xue, Q-L., Fried, L. P., Seeman, T. E., Tanner, E. K., Gruenewald, T. L., Frick, K. D., & Carlson, M. C. (2012). The role of education and intellectual activity on cognition. Journal of Aging Research, 2012: doi 10.1155/2012/416132 

  • Carlson, M. C., Parisi, J. M., Xia, J., Xue, Q-L., Rebok, G. W., Bandeen-Roche, K., & Fried, L. P. (2012). Lifestyle activities and memory: Variety may be the spice of life. The Women’s Health and Aging Study II. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 18, 286-294. 

  • Gross, A. L., Parisi, J. M., Spira, A. P., Kueider, A. M., Ko, J. Y., Saczynski, J. S., Samus, Q. M., & Rebok, G. W. (2012). Memory training interventions for older adults: A meta-analysis. Aging and Mental Health, 16, 722-734. 

  • Parisi, J. M., Gross, A. L., Rebok, G. W., Saczynski, J. S., Crowe, M., Cook, S. E., Langbaum, J., Sartori, A. C., & Unverzagt, F. W. (2011). Modeling change in memory performance and memory perceptions: Findings from the ACTIVE trial. Psychology and Aging, 26, 518-524.